By Dr. Scott Boston
This has been a challenging year for all of us, but particularly for the healthcare workers who have served our community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
I’m so proud of the great team of colleagues we have at Passavant Area Hospital, who have worked tirelessly not only to heal those affected by the virus but also to provide other crucial healthcare services to Jacksonville and our region even in the most difficult circumstances. For those of us in the field of healthcare, this is the defining moment of our generation — a moment that demands compassion, strength and selflessness. I’ve seen all three on display at Passavant and across Memorial Health System this year.
In the past few weeks, the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered to frontline healthcare workers here in Jacksonville and across the nation. For the first time since March, we see light at the end of the tunnel.
The vaccine is definitely a reason to celebrate. However, the pandemic is far from over. It will be months before enough people are vaccinated to end the pandemic. That means all of us need to continue practicing what we at Memorial call the “three W’s” — Wearing our masks, Washing our hands frequently and Watching our distance from others.
I want to thank all our colleagues at Passavant for the role they’ve played in keeping our community healthy this year. It hasn’t been easy. Sadly, for many people, 2020 has been a year of struggle and loss. But I feel hopeful whenever I reflect on the dedication and expertise of our workforce here at Passavant and all we’ve achieved on behalf of our patients and the communities we serve. Together, we’ll get this through this.